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Virginia joined the legal sports betting market in early 2021, and bettors can access a wide range of mobile betting apps or visit four retail betting facilities throughout the state.

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All legal ways to bet on in Virginia

Is online sports betting legal in Virginia?Yes
Is in-person sports betting legal?Yes
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?Legal (restricted)
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?No
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?No

The rules surrounding betting on college sports in Virginia require extra attention from bettors in the state. The biggest of these rules is that bettors cannot wager on in-state college, even if they are playing in a big tournament. Additionally, prop bets on college athletes are strictly prohibited, and that goes for all college athletes, not just the members of Virginia-based universities.

Other betting markets that are not available in VA include greyhound racing, politics, and eSports contests. On the bright side, the option to bet on horse races both in-person or through racebooks is available, as is the ability to download and use big-name daily fantasy sports apps.

Online Sports Betting in Old Dominion

Soon after PASPA was overturned in 2018, the Virginia Senate commissioned a study to investigate the possible revenue the state could make from legalizing sports betting. The study's results showed that legalization would be highly lucrative for the state, so by April 2020, two sports betting bills, SB 384 and HB 896, were passed.

Legal sports betting would then see the light of day in Virginia in January 2021. While the state’s sports betting bill would allow for both mobile and retail wagering, because VA did not have any casinos prior to the bill being passed, residents’ first taste of sports betting came strictly from online sportsbooks.

After some provisions were made to the initial sports betting bill, it was determined that 18 online sportsbooks could operate in the state at one time, thanks to the licensing landscape. While 18 are allowed in the market, as we progress into 2024, there are currently 16 mobile sports betting apps available to VA bettors.

Not only does the market's landscape allow bettors to secure the best possible odds and promotions, but it also gives them access to the biggest names in online sports betting. These names include Bet365, BetMGM, DraftKings, BetRivers, Caesars, FanDuel, and plenty more.

Three of these operators have partnerships with the retail casinos currently in operation, while the fourth casino, Headwaters Casino, has not yet announced a partner. This suggests that another operator could enter the market before 2025.

All legal VA sports betting apps in 2024 (from newest to oldest):

Sportsbook app

Launch date

Fanatics Sportsbook

November 21, 2023


November 14, 2023


October 19, 2023


July 31, 2023

Betfred Sports

February 1, 2023


January 31, 2023


May 18, 2022

Hard Rock Bet

May 16, 2022

SI Sportsbook

May 6, 2022

Bally bet

November 24, 2021


April 21, 2021

Caesars Sportsbook

February 3, 2021


January 27, 2021


January 27, 2021


January 24, 2021


January 21, 2021

However, as a vital side note, Unibet and SI Sportsbook, two of these 16 betting brands, have both announced their exit from the VA sports betting market in the near future, making these apps unavailable for local bettors soon.

Sports betting & gambling legislation in VA

Any and all sports betting regulations in VA are enforced by the Virginia Lottery. One of those rules includes the legal age to place a sports wager, which is currently set at 21 years old. Virginia sports bettors do have the benefit of remote registration, so they are not restricted to a retail facility just to create a mobile betting account. All of the mobile betting apps in VA can be downloaded on either Android or Apple devices and be accessed from anywhere inside the state.

When using one of the aforementioned mobile betting apps, bettors should be aware of the tax rate on their winnings on those apps. The tax rate a bettor is subject to depends on their income, as all gambling winnings in VA are considered taxable income. The lowest rate an individual may be subject to is 2%, while the highest tax rate in the state is 5.75%.

Over the past few years, lawmakers have attempted to pass bills that would allow bettors to wager on in-state colleges, but these attempts were unsuccessful. Regardless of the success of these bills, it is clear the state will continue to add to its betting legislation, which could result in a conversation around iGaming, which remains illegal in VA.

Are online casinos legal in Virginia?No
Are retail casinos legal?Yes
Are social sportsbooks legal?Yes
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?No
Is the lottery legal?Yes
The launch date of sports betting in Virginia?January 21, 2021
How many legal sports betting apps are there in VA?16
How many legal retail betting sites are there in VA?4
Is remote registration allowed?Yes
Legal age for sports betting in Virginia?21+
Virginia's tax rate for betting/gambling winnings2%-5.75%
Who regulates sports betting in Virginia?Virginia Lottery

Most recent updates from the VA sports betting scene

  • June 10, 2024: With two wins over Kansas State in the super-regionals, the Virginia Cavaliers will be headed to the College World Series. They are currently (+1000) to win the National Championship on FanDuel.

  • June 3, 2024: The Virginia Cavaliers baseball team won their regional and will now host Kansas State in the Super Regionals. They are now (+1600) to win the College World Series.

  • May 30, 2024: Both VCU and James Madison have made the regional round of the 2024 College World Series. James Madison is (+600) to win the Raleigh regional, and VCU is (+1200) to win the Greenville regional.

  • May 28, 2024: After a strong season, the Virginia Cavaliers baseball team will host a regional in the 2024 College World Series. They (+2500) to win the title and (-120) to win their regional.

  • May 20, 2024: The Virginia Cavaliers baseball team has earned the 4th seed in the ACC Postseason Tournament. They are currently (+3500) to win the College World Series.

  • May 3, 2024: Following spring ball, the Virginia Cavaliers football team has a win total set at 4.5, with the over and under both priced at (-110). Additionally, they are (+13000) to win the ACC Conference Championship Game.

In-person sports betting sites and locations

One key provision in Virginia’s sports betting law is that retail betting is legal, but it is to be limited to just three land-based casinos in the state. Additionally, the cities where these casinos were to be located needed to pass a referendum that would allow them to open, which is why VA currently only has four casinos instead of five.

Richmond was the lone city to vote against opening a casino, leaving Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, and Portsmouth as the four casino locations. However, the plans regarding Norfolk’s HeadWaters Resort & Casino have faced some setbacks, and it’s currently unclear when or if this casino could open for the public.

While most states also require mobile operators to partner with retail locations, that is not the case in Virginia, as these casinos can partner with an online operator or open their own sportsbook.

Retail Sportsbook


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

500 Gate City Hwy, Bristol

The Rivers Casino

3630 Victory Blvd, Portsmouth

Caesars Casino

1100 W Main St, Danville

Sports betting in neighboring states

Virginia is part of a large section of states that all offer legalized sports betting in some fashion. While some surrounding states only offer mobile or retail betting and not both, Virginia residents can still venture into any of their five neighboring states and place a legal bet.

Click on the states in the box below to read more about their gambling regulations and offerings.

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Sports betting revenue impact on Virginia's economy

Virginia sports betting legislation allows for 18 licenses to be granted in total. There are 12 online-only licenses, five casino licenses, and one license for a professional sports organization located in VA.

These licenses last three years, and they cost sportsbooks $250,000 once they are approved for one. All of these sportsbooks also have a 15% tax rate on revenue, which has resulted in the state accumulating over $135 million in tax income since sports betting was launched in 2021.

When it comes to the total amount of handle, revenue, and tax income accumulated since legalizing sports betting, Virginia is in the top ten states in all three categories. Since they launched sports betting in 2021, only five states have produced more tax revenue than Virginia, and their position inside the top ten of all three categories likely isn’t changing anytime soon.

Top 3 sportsbooks in the state in April 2024:

  1. FanDuel: (Handle: $231.8m, Revenue: $60.4m)

  2. DraftKings: (Handle: $148.4m, Revenue: $13.6m)

  3. BetMGM: (Handle: $60.9m, Revenue: $6.4m)

Virginia sports betting record months:

  • Sports betting handle: January 2024 ($652,879,750)

  • Revenue: January 2024 ($74,337,290)

  • Tax income: January 2024 ($9,932,122)

VA sports betting revenue in 2024


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Virginia - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

What is the legal status of sports betting in Virginia?

Sports betting in Virginia has been legal in both mobile and retail formats since January 2021, and currently, over 15 sportsbook apps are available within the state’s borders.

What is the record for most sports betting handle in a month for VA?

Virginia started 2024 with a bang, as they saw a record sports betting handle of $652,879,750.

When was the last time a college in Virginia won a national championship?

Back in 2019, the Virginia Cavaliers won the National Championship for men’s basketball, just one year after they were upset by a 16 seed in the first round of the tournament.

What is the best sports rivalry in VA?

The University of Virginia and the Virginia Tech Hokies have the biggest rivalry in the state, regardless of what sport they are matching up in.